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Cable ops, Google seek CBRS-like framework for 3.45GHz auction
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Comcast, Charter, Cox and Mediacom are part of a group concerned that modeling the 3.45GHz auction on rules similar to the C-band will greatly limit participation and innovative uses of the spectrum.

Nokia gains troops for 25G PON fight against 50G PON
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

AT&T becomes the most high-profile service provider member of the 25GS-PON MSA Group as skeptics question the need for the technology.

Comcast's next-gen network activity didn't slow down in 2020, exec says
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Comcast's work tied to network virtualization and its use of AI and machine learning kept pace in a pandemic-fueled year that saw peak Internet traffic surge more than 50% in some markets.

Dish adds DraftKings to 'Hopper' boxes, tie-ins with Sling TV, Boost Mobile on deck
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Meanwhile, FuboTV announced this week it will launch free-to-play predictive games in Q3 and follow in Q4 with the launch of an integrated sportsbook.

FCC hints at cure to mobile interference woes with Mexico
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have all worried about interference from Mexico's Altán Redes. The FCC's new chief appears determined to address the situation.

SpaceX rocket factory's new home: Starbase, Texas
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Elon Musk moves SpaceX's Starlink and deep-space rocket factories to Texas, and wants to rename Boca Chica (pop. 26) as Starbase.

HPE still has a big aaS hole to fill
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

The IT company needs to slash costs and fatten its aaS offerings if it is to keep investors as happy as they are right now.

Rakuten, Dish Network and Akamai chart the future of edge computing
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Rakuten counts around 3,000 edge computing sites in Japan. Akamai counts around 4,000 sites worldwide. Dish, meantime, is mapping out its own sites. This is how edge computing is maturing.

Asian telcos leading charge to 10G
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Asia-Pacific operators are leading the world in the transition to next-generation PON, experts told the Light Reading Next-Gen Broadband APAC event.

Comcast 'Flex' box deployments pass 3 million
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Flex, a streaming product for Comcast's broadband-only customers, represents the 'new television,' company chairman and CEO Brian Roberts says.

India sells spectrum worth $10.6B in two-day auction
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

India's mega spectrum auction ended in two days, raising INR778 billion (US$10.6 billion). As anticipated, service providers went for spectrum up for renewal.

Microsoft dials up operators for Teams calls
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Operator Connect function to allow calls to be placed over the PSTN, part of a raft of Teams updates announced for Microsoft Ignite.

Eurobites: Telecom Egypt plans subsea ring around Africa
News Analysis | 3/3/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tesco Mobile boss slams sneaky price increases during a time of pandemic; EU antitrust boss issues recovery reminder; a data center for DRC.

US pay-TV universe shrank by 857K subs in Q4
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

'Traditional' pay-TV providers lost 1.35 million subs in the period, offset by a gain of almost 500,000 among virtual multichannel video programming distributors, according to Craig Moffett's latest 'Cord-Cutting Monitor.'

More room for Zoom boom, as Q4 revenue rises 369%
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Zoom's run of good luck isn't over, with $882 million of Q4 revenues beating expectations, amid new bets on call centers and Zoom Phone.

Broadband's new normal as Aus, NZ navigate the pandemic
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Broadband operators can expect higher upstream traffic post-COVID, even as downstream returns to previous levels.

Charter 'not giving up' on video, CEO says
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Consumers are being priced out of the pay-TV market, but Charter has a role to play in selling streaming packages as a 'storefront and an aggregator,' CEO Tom Rutledge says.

KPN stands by Huawei as it overhauls networks
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Reliance on Ericsson in the core and Nokia as a fixed broadband vendor gives the Dutch incumbent a multivendor network, says its chief technology officer.

Ericsson, Huawei, AT&T attending MWC, others not so sure
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

The GSMA expects up to 50,000 attendees at its MWC show in Barcelona. Ericsson, Huawei, Telefónica, Parallel Wireless and AT&T confirmed they will be there. Others are still deciding.

Ligado's CEO talks spectrum values, partnerships and sales
CxO Spotlight | 3/2/2021

Ligado's Doug Smith addresses questions on how the company's L-band spectrum might aid C-band auction winners, and whether he has fielded any purchase inquiries.

T-Mobile tosses MobiTV a life raft
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

TVN Ventures, a unit of T-Mobile, has agreed to provide MobiTV with $15.5 million in DIP financing to avoid an asset 'fire sale.' T-Mobile, which launched its new TVision service in late 2020, is MobiTV's top customer.

India's Jio introduces device offers to attract rivals' 2G users
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

In a bid for rivals' 2G subscribers, India's pure-play 4G telco Reliance Jio has come up with two bundled offers for its 4G low-price handset, JioPhone.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom bids for vaccination passport contract
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom teams up on urban data; Openreach goes with Viavi for network management; Proximus in Bruges.

France's Bouygues and SFR start Huawei purge – report
News Analysis | 3/2/2021

So-called 'loi anti-Huawei' poses a challenge for two of France's four mobile operators that have relied on the China-based vendor in the past.

Altice USA CEO envisions end of traditional cable pay-TV
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

Fewer eyeballs are fixed on pay-TV and the economics of a linear cable TV service are getting 'worse and worse every year,' CEO Dexter Goei tells CNBC.

Verizon's 5G tech support says the quiet part out loud
DanoVision | 3/1/2021

Verizon's customer support implied that 5G will drain customers' phone batteries. What they really meant is that 5G is not yet worth using.

The era of converged network infrastructure has officially begun
DanoVision | 3/1/2021

Digital Colony will take Boingo private in a transaction valued at around $854 million. It's Marc Ganzi's latest step toward 'digital infrastructure' convergence.

Zoom Phone available through Lumen: Will you answer the call?
Guest Perspectives | 3/1/2021

Lumen is partnering with Zoom to launch the Zoom Phone, a cloud phone system that provides customers with the ability to migrate on-premises calling systems to a cloud platform which also includes Zoom Meetings, Chat, Rooms and Webinar capabilities.

Deutsche Telekom in no rush to join towers frenzy
Morris Lore | 3/1/2021

The German incumbent is weighing options for its infrastructure while the region's powerbrokers continue to advance.

Orby TV unplugs prepaid satellite TV service
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

Orby TV has shut down and now steers affected customers to a promo with Dish Network that includes one 'Wally' HD receiver and an option to switch over for as low as $100 when activation fees are factored in.

MobiTV enters Chapter 11, secures $15.5M to stay afloat
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

MobiTV, a pay-TV tech partner to T-Mobile and several MSOs, could end up selling most of its assets. Its list of creditors include Rackspace, Silicon Valley Bank, MPEG LA, Comcast and several programmers.

Despite pledge, T-Mobile has cut 5K jobs since Sprint merger
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

German owner Deutsche Telekom promised a combo would employ more staff, but 6% of jobs have disappeared.

Biden to follow through on Trump-era China tech ban
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

The Biden administration will put into force sweeping Trump-era measures against importing Chinese technology into the US, to IBM and Amazon's horror.

China aims to tackle misbehaving apps – report
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

Government seeks to better regulate its sprawling mobile apps market.

Eurobites: Jan du Plessis to step down as BT chairman
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone's European integration plan trundles into action; MTN Syria fights judicial guardianship ruling; Hyperoptic does its bit for the digital divide.

Industry honchos highlight key 5G issues in India
News Analysis | 3/1/2021

Spectrum woes, high taxes and more combine to make life difficult.

Juniper ties 128's SD-WAN technology into Mist AI
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

Juniper says that by now bringing telemetry data from Session Smart Routers into the Mist AI engine, customers can better manage service levels across the WAN, and proactively detect anomalies to improve user experience.

Why the time is ripe for Comcast to blow past its borders
The Bauminator | 2/26/2021

The discussion is no longer about offering a low-margin OTT-TV service out of Comcast's footprint, but about generating scale for a broader platform supported by a much more diverse economic ecosystem.

Cable One must become an 'acquisition machine' – analyst
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

MSO needs to buy more smaller operators and apply a model that de-emphasizes video and pushes broadband penetration if Cable One is to 'sustain its stratospheric value,' MoffettNathanson's Craig Moffett says.

Huawei steers course to make its own cars – report
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

According to Reuters, Huawei – in collaboration with Chinese automakers – is gearing up to make electric vehicles under its own brand.

Short video gets more crowded with Lomotif buyout
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

TikTok and Kuaishou rival Lomotif is bought for $125 million by a consortium led by Ted Farnsworth, as the short video industry gets a little more crowded.

From 5G to 6G: What could it look like?
Guest Perspectives | 2/26/2021

As demand for connectivity increases, it's time to begin defining the 6G standard, and understanding the benefits and challenges that 6G will present.

Dish's 5G construction chief talks network speeds, public clouds and more
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

'We're pretty optimistic about open RAN and its ability to do a number of things,' says Dave Mayo, who recently assembled the leadership team for Dish's four network regions.

Brazil’s auction rules rule in Huawei
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

Requirement to move straight to standalone version of 5G causes some ructions.

5G boosts SmarTone, Taiwan Mobile
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

5G has delivered a boost to the bottom line for SmarTone and Taiwan Mobile, financial filings reveal, in one of the first signs of 5G uplift outside Korea.

Despite €100B in sales, Deutsche Telekom fails to excite
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

Europe's biggest operator had its most successful year ever in 2020, but investors do not seem to have noticed.

WiCipedia: Pandemic culture shifts rank of best cities for WiT
WiCipedia | 2/26/2021

This week in our WiC roundup: New study reports gender equality in tech stats; Google seeks to improve image; the best cities for women in tech in 2021; and more.

Eurobites: Proximus sees revenue slip 2.3% in 2020 as pandemic bites
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cellnex grows revenues 55% in 2020; Three UK updates on network upgrades; Brexit threatens UK's fintech future, says government-led report.

India gets new social media, OTT rules
News Analysis | 2/26/2021

Indian government issues new regulations for digital media, including Internet firms, OTT platforms and online news.

AT&T, TPG to spin DirecTV into a separate company
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

'New DirecTV,' consisting of the DirecTV satellite service, U-verse TV and AT&T TV, will operate as AT&T's US video unit. The transaction values the entity at about $16.25 billion.

WOW expects to lose more than half its pay-TV base
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

And that's just fine and dandy. Amid its pursuit of a 'broadband-first' strategy, WOW, which has about 308,000 video subs, expects its pay-TV base to dip below the 100,000 mark within three years, CFO says.

Comcast brings pay-TV upgrade option to Flex
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Launch of Xfinity Stream app on Flex enables broadband-only subscribers to add contract-free pay-TV services, starting with a baseline 'Choice TV' package that includes major local broadcast channels.

High rollers: A look at the billion-dollar bidding strategies for 5G spectrum
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

UScellular dropped out when prices reached $76 million. Dish Network dropped out after prices reached $218 million. And, finally, T-Mobile tapped out after round 30, when prices hit $240 million.

Huawei spoils Ericsson party with 5G radio weighing 1kg less
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Turn off Abba's 'Dancing Queen' and stopper the aquavit – the Chinese hit back at Ericsson with an even lighter product.

ADVA Q4 benefits from cost-cutting
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

CFO hails 2020 as one of the most successful financial years in the company's history.

Vecima scoops up ATX's 'GAP' node tech
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Aim is to accelerate the development of the Generic Access Platform, an emerging node standard for HFC networks that can slot in service modules for DOCSIS, PON, mobile/wireless and, potentially, edge compute.

C-band auction maps and charts: Who won what, where and how much
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are collectively spending almost $90 billion on C-band spectrum licenses. These seven charts show exactly what they're buying.

Telco AI: Critical for networks, but not yet quite a business
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Artificial intelligence has brought efficiency for operators but little in the way of additional revenues.

The rise and fall of Telefónica
Morris Lore | 2/25/2021

Worth $370 billion in 2006, Spain's biggest telecom operator is valued at just $25 billion today.

Axiata exudes cautious optimism after tough 2020
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Southeast Asian group said to have shelved plans to sell stake in Edotco tower unit.

Eurobites: Which? takes on Qualcomm over smartphone chip charges
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU wants to extend roaming regulation for another ten years; Tele2 and Equinix cozy up for secure IoT; Sparkle to supply cloud services to GÉANT.

Australia's TPG Telecom gets $820M tax windfall
News Analysis | 2/25/2021

In its first results since its Vodafone merger, Australia's TPG inked $734 million in profits with help from the taxman, though COVID-19 hit pro-forma figures.

Paramount+ sets price for ad-free 'premium,' ad-supported 'base' tiers
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Paramount+'s ad-free 'premium' service, to launch March 4, will cost $9.99 per month. Paramount+'s 'base' offering, coming in June, will fetch $4.99 per month.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile: Here are the C-band auction results
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile walked away with the vast majority of the C-band licenses for 5G. Dish Network spent just $2.5 million, while Comcast and Charter spent nothing.

Chip shortages spread into telecom
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Vendor Infinera expects up to $340 million in revenue in its upcoming quarter, but that figure includes a $10 million risk due to 'semiconductor shortages that are not unique to our industry.'

Windstream Enterprise takes swing at improving customer service reputation
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Windstream Enterprise is backing the new customer commitment with contract flexibility, free upgrades and guaranteed 100% uptime for customers of both its OfficeSuite UC and SD-WAN Concierge services.

Dish connects with ADT on home security
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Dish and its OnTech unit will market and sell ADT services in an agreement that comes a few years after EchoStar shut down its DIY-focused SAGE by Hughes smart home/security offering.

T-Mobile supports Siden's tests of LTE Broadcast for video streaming
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Siden, a startup backed by Columbia Capital, obtained T-Mobile's permission to test LTE Broadcast technologies in the operator's spectrum in Washington, DC.

HPE bustles into open RAN with new server
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

The IT giant has spruced up its portfolio of communications products and launched a new open RAN server, but will the industry bite?

Elon Musk says Starlink speed doubling to 300 Mbit/s
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Elon Musk says Internet-from-orbit serve Starlink will double its speeds this year to 300 Mbit/s, and reach all the earth's services by 2022.

Optic maker Infinera cuts its losses by $56.7M
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Telecoms optical computing firm Infinera cut its Q4 losses to $9.9M, down from $66.6M a year before, even as its North American market slowed down.

Vantage Towers IPO is a goer
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Vodafone formally announces intention to float European towerco spinout on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange by the end of March.

MWC Shanghai: Banner year for 5G mmWave
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Thirst for data is driving industry into the arms of 5G mmWave in 2021 – and a GSMA Intelligence report concludes mmWave can cut costs by as much as a third.

Net neutrality rules ready to roll in California
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Judge's ruling in California could clear way for other states to follow suit ahead of expectations that the FCC will pursue new rules that were rolled back during the Trump administration.

Don't count on a Telecom Italia renaissance
Morris Lore | 2/24/2021

The Italian operator's latest strategic plan is probably not going to be a major restorative for a company that seems in perpetual decline.

EE ups SRN ante with extra 4G coverage
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

BT-owned operator aims to complete 579 4G site upgrades by the end of 2021.

Podcast: Low-latency broadband powers a Michigan music masterclass
LRTV Interviews | 2/24/2021

The Light Reading podcast welcomes Dan Kurin, tech coordinator at Factory Two, and Brandon Corder, CEO of Beats x Beers, to discuss an upcoming experiment with low-latency broadband in Flint, Michigan.

Eurobites: Vive les vieux smartphones, says France
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Zain revenue down; real-estate companies warned on digital failings; more bad ads from UK mobile operators.

Ericsson CEO braces (slightly) for stiffer competition
News Analysis | 2/24/2021

Börje Ekholm nonetheless thinks large-scale open RAN is years away.

How Dish Network's Boost plans to navigate T-Mobile's 3G shutdown
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Late last year, T-Mobile told Dish it would shut down its 3G CDMA network for Boost customers by January 1, 2022. That's a full year earlier than Dish had expected.

AT&T nears deal to sell stake in pay-TV biz – report
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

TPG closing in on agreement to acquire 'large minority' stake in DirecTV, U-verse and AT&T TV in deal valuing AT&T's video business at about $15 billion, CNBC reports.

Why Tucson is building its own 4G network
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

The city's network spans 44 square miles and provides speeds up to 50Mbit/s. Existing telecom providers Lumen Technologies and Cox have 'spent a significant amount of time pushing back on this project.'

AT&T TV unleashes upgrades for cloud DVR, in-home streaming
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

AT&T's primary OTT-TV service will soon support up to 20 simultaneous streams in the home, and shift its premium, 500-hour cloud DVR storage tier to unlimited storage.

US operators' 5G spending might not pick up until 2022
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

'It'll pick up at some point,' Alex Gellman, CEO of cell tower company Vertical Bridge, predicted. In the meantime, though, financial analysts are bracing for a 5G spending lull.

Wi-Fi gets a dose of QoS
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Spanning all flavors of Wi-Fi, new Wi-Fi Alliance certification program brings standardized approach to traffic prioritization, with focus on apps such as AR/VR, videoconferencing and online gaming.

Big vendors talk 5G enterprise as MWC returns
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

The world's biggest vendors had enterprise on their mind as Mobile World Congress returned Tuesday after a year's hiatus.

Why 5G patent rankings are not to be trusted
Morris Lore | 2/23/2021

One study's winner is another's laggard, possibly because researchers cannot agree on what constitutes an essential patent.

Podcast: What's the story with the C-band auction?
LRTV Interviews | 2/23/2021

On this episode, Mike Dano gets into the significance of the FCC's $81 billion C-band spectrum auction and what the forthcoming results will mean for operators' 5G plans.

Google Cloud puts Intel inside Anthos in 5G push
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Intel is Google's latest partner for its Anthos for Telecom effort. The companies are targeting both network operators as well as enterprises building their own networks.

Orby TV website is back in action, touting a discount
The Bauminator | 2/23/2021

Days after the prepaid satellite TV service halted new service activations, Orby TV's website is active again, promoting a cut rate on one-room installs.

Malaysia highlights Huawei's role in 5G rollout
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Malaysia also plans to establish a 5G Cybersecurity Lab with the Chinese vendor.

Eurobites: Nokia to offer dollops of DelOps for the 5G core
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson explore solar power at mobile sites; Swisscom goes with Teoco for 5G network planning; RootMetrics offers UK 5G snapshot.

India's Airtel ties up with Qualcomm for open RAN 5G
News Analysis | 2/23/2021

Bharti Airtel has partnered with global chip-maker Qualcomm to roll out virtualized and open RAN-based 5G networks, after Airtel's successful live 5G test.

T-Mobile puts premium price on 5G perks
DanoVision | 2/22/2021

T-Mobile is hoping to encourage customers to sign up for new, more expensive Magenta MAX service by removing monthly usage limits.

Dish to launch 5G in 'major' city by end of Q3
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Meanwhile, a potentially costly wrinkle emerges in Dish's retail mobile biz as T-Mobile warns it plans to shut down its 3G CDMA network on or around January 1, 2022.

Sling TV can do better, Ergen says
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

'We should have more market share there,' Dish's chairman says, noting that Sling TV 'stumbled' on the quality of the user experience.

StarHub mobile biz suffers Q4 shocker
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

But the Singaporean operator's cost reduction program continues to make good progress.

In chip dip, Apple shoves to front of Foxconn queue
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

Foxconn says the silicon drought will have 'limited impact' on it and customers like Apple, as freak Arctic weather shuts down Texas chip plants.

India spectrum auction: Who's bidding for what (and why)?
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

The mega spectrum auction takes place in March, with top three telcos Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea bidding on a total of 2310MHz spectrum.

Comcast extends delay on debuting data caps in the Northeast
News Analysis | 2/22/2021

After initially agreeing to postpone new data policies in its Northeast division until July 2021, the cable operator said it will now hold off implementing them until 2022.

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